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shywoodlandcreature's picture

So as I said in my original thread about travelling to Italy, this trip is definitely ad hoc. So far, sis-in-law and I have determined that we'll be flying into London instead of Rome (for complicated reasons having to do with travelling stand-by, and the near-impossibility of getting seats to Rome). We think we'll likely arrive early in the day of Sept. 15, and hang out til the Saturday, before moving on.

So - question for Ashley or anyone else in the UK. Is there such a thing as a bargain accommodation in London? How about bargain dining? Suggestions of things to do/see in a very short time? All suggestions welcome!





"...very little has ever been accomplished by complacent people." Billmon


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ashleyd's picture

(post #43918, reply #1 of 10)

There's lots of bargain accommodation, budget rooms from around £40/night (twin room), possibly less if you book late. Bear in mind that you will be very jet lagged when you arrive so don't figure doing much that morning. Also lots of cheap places to eat, depending on what sort of food you're looking for. Is this your first trip to London? That makes a difference if you can cross some of the many sights off your list. What airport will you fly into and out of? (May be different). You're welcome to stay here but we're 2 hours from central London by train, plus time getting to and from airport, although we do have historic Canterbury only 20 minutes away.


Always take a good look at what you're about to eat. It's not so important to know what it is, but it's critical to know what it was.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #43918, reply #2 of 10)

We'll be flying into Heathrow - exact time and date to be determined. I have been to London, but not for many, many years. When I was last there, I ate primarily in little ethnic joints (Greek, Lebonese, Jamaican, etc.) which was a budget traveller's delight. I've had a cursory glance at most of the major tourist sites, but will happily revisit anything, and even more happily discover new jewels.

Yes, we recognize that jet lag will put a damper on our first day - will try to find someplace to just hang out, get some sleep, and generally gather our wits for a few hours. We may take the second day to be slightly more adventurous - may even travel beyond London... All options are open at this point.





"...very little has ever been accomplished by complacent people." Billmon


http://costofwar.com/

ashleyd's picture

(post #43918, reply #3 of 10)

If you want cheap accommodation that's clean, if a little basic, try the London School of Economics, they have several student residences which offer accommodation until 24th September, singles from £26, twins from £46. Quite conveniently placed. See http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/vacations/.


Always take a good look at what you're about to eat. It's not so important to know what it is, but it's critical to know what it was.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

ashleyd's picture

(post #43918, reply #4 of 10)

For eating out you might want to look at:


http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/ or http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/ or even http://www.thisislondon.com/restaurants/ (Fay Maschler is my favourite reviewer, if she reccomends it you won't (usually) be disappointed).



Always take a good look at what you're about to eat. It's not so important to know what it is, but it's critical to know what it was.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #43918, reply #5 of 10)

Those are GREAT resources! Thanks so much, Ashley. I would never ever have thought of residences at LSE.


By necessity, plans are still ad hoc, but if at all practical would love to visit Kent and see you and Mrs. Ashley. I'll be in touch.






"...very little has ever been accomplished by complacent people." Billmon


http://costofwar.com/

AJ12754's picture

(post #43918, reply #6 of 10)

One thing that is worth doing (or at least it used to be about 10 years ago) is to forego dinner one night and have a late afternoon cream tea at Harrods.  Ok -- it it is your classic high carbs and a ton of butterfat -- but hey, once in a lifetime.  London is wildly expensive right now so I have no idea what it would cost nowadays but I thought I'd toss out the idea for what it is worth. 

Cave obdurationem cordis

Glenys's picture

(post #43918, reply #7 of 10)

I don't know, I'd skip tea, shop at Harrod's a bit then at least hit an extraordinary Indian restaurant or cruise some of London's best at least for a drink and appetizers. Tea we have, but London has such phenomenal restaurants.
SWL, is Peter giving you an allowance for the amazing cookshops?
BTW, Sailor has a cousin living in Wimbledon, my old neighbourhood. I'm sure he'd be avalable for some fun. He's a very fun Slovakian doing some sort of computer thing.


Edited 8/22/2005 9:31 pm ET by Glenys

AJ12754's picture

(post #43918, reply #8 of 10)

Good point.. I can't argue with it -- but I do just love a nice cream tea. 


Edited 8/22/2005 9:42 pm ET by aj12754

Cave obdurationem cordis

Glenys's picture

(post #43918, reply #9 of 10)

Divertimenti, one of my faves.
139-141 Fulham Road
London
SW3 6SD
Tel: 020 7581 8065
Fax: 020 7823 9429
Web site: www.divertimenti.co.uk

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #43918, reply #10 of 10)

Just booked a room at the LSE adjacent to the Tate Modern for 31 pounds/per person/per night - we only have two nights in London planned - I may decide to stay longer (this trip is VERY loosey-goosey!) 


Will skip tea at Harrods in favour of Charing Cross Road, but do plan to at least make the acquaintance of Harrods vis a vis shopping. Haven't discussed book $$$ with Peter - too tempting! Glenys, if you'd like, please send us the coordinates for Murray's Slovakian cousin. Would be fun to hook up with a local for an evening!   






"...very little has ever been accomplished by complacent people." Billmon


http://costofwar.com/